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HER Number:MDV2941
Name:1-2 Ivy Cottage, Bittaford Bridge, Ugborough


Pair of cottages east of the bridge, possibly dating from the 18th century. Swete's illustration of the bridge, dated 1797, shows a thatched building in this location. Local information, however, suggests that the building was originally a barn and this would tally with the grey colouring of the building depicted on the Tithe Map. The cottages are, however, shown on the 1880s-90s and 1904-6 Ordnance Survey maps much as existing today and they remain much as described in the 1970 parish checklist details.


Grid Reference:SX 665 570
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/43

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COTTAGE NON SPECIFIC (Built, XVIII - 1800 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

Pair of buildings depicted on the Tithe Map at this location. These are not shaded red to indicate use as dwellings so it is possible that at this time the usage may have been connected with the mill.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Buildings are depicted on the First (and Second) Edition Ordnance Survey maps, much as existing today.

Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C., 1975 - 1978, Ugborough Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV161354.

Two semi-detached cottages on the left bank of the Lud Brook (when facing south?), close to the old bridge. A stone building, now made into two cottages. Two storeys with new upper storey windows very close to the eaves. Some recent alterations. Large uncut stones show at the bottom of the front wall below new plastering. Its position near the bridge and the corn-mill (now destroyed) suggest that it may be one of the oldest buildings in Bittaford, probably pre-19th century in origin.
From information obtained in Bittaford it is possible that the building was originally a barn. The large uncut stones at ground level also suggest this.

Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.), 2000, Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4, 22 (Monograph). SDV339713.

Swete's illustration of Bittaford Bridge, dated 1797, shows the western end of a thatched building in this location with a fairly tall chimney stack.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Numbers 1-2 Ivy Cottage, Bittaford fit the description from the Checklist source and appear to have had few changes since the early 20th century. An extension has been added to the south-east elevation of the southern cottage.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV161354Worksheet: Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C.. 1975 - 1978. Ugborough Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339713Monograph: Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.). 2000. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Sw. 4. Hardback Volume. 22.
SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #86459 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3039Related to: Bittaford Bridge, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3078Related to: Bittaford Mill, Ugborough (Building)
MDV2940Related to: Brooklands, Bittaford Bridge, Ugborough (Building)
MDV80608Related to: Pair of cottages, Bittaford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 16 2018 4:11PM